When life gives you lemons…make lemon drops!
Since my full time, grown-up job is working for Chopin Imports (a Polish, gluten-free, potato based vodka), I get asked quite often what my favorite cocktail is and if I have any cocktail recipes to share. While I have a few that I rotate, my go-to is the Lemon Drop.
We have a dwarf Meyer lemon tree that my sister-in-law gave us for Christmas and it’s finally mature enough to produce lemons…and what better use than to use them in a cocktail! Here’s my process to make a simple Lemon Drop and a quick look at what’s currently on my bar cart:
^Enough with the vodka, where did this cute romper come from?? I was lucky enough to get this piece from a brand new, Napa based boutique called 2 WEEKS NOTICE. This local company brings affordable and trendy clothing with a cute, wine country aesthetic. Since there’s pretty limited shopping in Napa, I’m always on the hunt for online boutiques to source new pieces; with Spring knocking at our door, I thought this floral romper will go perfectly with a denim jacket and wedges for an easy, feminine look to wear all spring and summer long.
(I currently rotate between Chopin vodka and Clase Azul tequila as the base of my cocktails at home; these liqueurs pictured below are also cocktail essentials to have on hand: simple syrup, Grand Marnier (orange liqueur), Chambered (raspberry liqueur), bitters, and Contreau (orange liqueur). And of course fresh lemons!)
The Lemon Drop
- Pour 2 oz. of vodka into your shaker (that’s a shot and a half)
- Squeeze 1 oz. of fresh lemon juice and combine with your vodka
- Add 1 oz. of simple syrup to your shaker (this is simply equal parts sugar and water if you don’t have simple syrup on hand-you can melt sugar into water in no time!)
- Throw in a touch of triple sec or your favorite orange liqueur (Contreau or Grand Marnier perhaps?) for added flavor…I’d recommend half an ounce.
- Simply add a bunch of ice into your shaker, stir well, and then serve into a cute glass! To get extra fancy, line your rim with sugar, or garnish with a lemon wheel.
This simle recipe is so easy and taste SO good with fresh, ripe lemons. Be sure to use a premium vodka as your base or you’ll get that rubbing alcohol burn that we all hate…and I highly recommend using home grown lemons as well as they give a sweet, stronger flavor to your cocktail.
Stay tuned for more cocktail and drink recipes, and be sure to check out 2 Weeks Notice as they continue to add new pieces to their site!